2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
Back Left: Kevin Lucas, Ron Rhodes, Nicole Linsdey-Collier, Harold Oetting, Terry Cochran
Front Left: Kristy Snell-Lee, Lloyd Brown, Tisha Delaney-Vandemore, Dave Oster
Lloyd Brown, Tennis Coach
Early in his career, Lloyd led teams at University City High School and was the St. Louis Tennis Development Director where his developmental teams won championships in 1967 and 1969 with Jimmy Connors as one of the team members. He then spent 22 years as the Jefferson College men's tennis coach and retired with an amazing overall coaching record of 429-27. During this span, he developed 13 NJCAA Tennis All-Americans and nine NJCAA Academic All-Americans, coached the 1998 team to a third place NJCAA National Tournament finish, and served the NJCAA Men’s Tennis Association as its president for five years. After leaving Jefferson, he served as Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Missouri Baptist University where he is now Director of Tennis Operations. Various tennis coaching awards have already come to Coach Brown and include the 1996 Herschel Stevens Coaching Award, 1998 induction in the NJCAA Tennis Hall of Fame, 2001 ITA/NJCAA National Coach of the Year, and a 2006 induction into the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame. He and his wife Ruthie reside in Fenton and are the proud parents of sons Matt and Chris, daughter Andy, and their seven grandchildren.
Mark Buehrle, Baseball
Mark made an immediate impact on the Jefferson baseball field upon graduating from Francis Howell North High School in 1997 when he went 7-0 as a freshman pitcher and was named to the MCCAC All Conference Team. In his sophomore season, he was named as an NJCAA All-American after posting an 8-4 pitching record with a 1.45 ERA. While at Jefferson, he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball draft and assigned to the Class “A” Burlington Bees in 1999. A year and half later, Mark was “called up” to the major leagues where he has been a starting, All Star pitcher with the Chicago White Sox for 11 seasons. His excellence has included a 2007 no hitter, outstanding defensive prowess that earned 2009 and 2010 Golden Glove awards, appearances in four MLB All-Star games, and a starting pitcher victory and save for the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox. Mark and his wife Jamie live in St. Charles with their son and daughter.
Terry Cochran, Baseball
Terry Cochran graduated from Hancock High School before enrolling at Jefferson College in the fall of 1980. He was an integral squad member for two successful seasons when he started at second base, hit third in the lineup, and had a career batting average of over .330. In 1982, he was named team captain and was selected to the MCCAC All-Conference team as he lead the Vikings to a 34-17 record and Jefferson’s first ever baseball Regional Championship. Terry transferred to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and his success continued as he was an NCAA All-Region selection and led his team to the NCAA Division II College World Series. In recognition of his outstanding play, Terry was selected to the NCAA World Series All-Tournament Team. In 1984 he was chosen as the Scholar-Athlete of SIUE and the Most Valuable Player of the baseball team and after graduating from SIU-E became a successful fixture as a St. Louis area educator. He has served as the assistant baseball coach at SIU-E and Washington University and later served on the baseball and basketball coaching staffs at Mehlville High School, Oakville High School, and St. John Vianney High School. Currently, he is serving as the President of Kennedy Catholic High School and resides in St. Louis with his family.
Tisha Delaney-Vandemore, Volleyball
Tisha began playing volleyball at Jefferson College in 1982 after a remarkable high school volleyball career at Herculaneum High School where she was named “Outstanding Female Athlete” of 1982 and had her jersey retired. As both a hitter and a setter at Jefferson, she was selected as a two-time NJCAA All-American (1982 and 1983) and led the Vikings to a fourth place finish in the 2003 NJCAA National Tournament where she was named to the NJCAA All Tournament Team. The American Volleyball Coaches Association also named Tisha as a 2003 All-American for her performance. “Tisha was one of the most accomplished student athletes to come from Jefferson County,” said retired Jefferson College Volleyball Coach Jo Ellen Stringer. “She was obviously a great athlete. However, her success was due most to her outstanding character and determination. She helped pave the way for Jefferson volleyball players for many years.” The University of Nebraska also benefitted from Tisha’s volleyball expertise. As a Husker setter, she was named to the All Big Eight First Team, Big Eight Player of the Week, Big Eight All Tournament Team, and 1986 Big Eight Tournament MVP. She also led her team to the NCAA Final Four where she was named to the All Tournament Team and selected as a Division I All-American on a team that was runner-up in the 1996 NCAA National Tournament. Tisha, her husband Todd and three children reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is Chief Operations Officer at Long Gray Line Consulting.
Mike Henneman, Baseball
Mike Henneman began his athletics career at Jefferson as a two sport athlete in the 1980-81 season. His baseball and basketball talents at St. Pius High School earned him much recognition as one of Jefferson County’s most successful dual, high school sport performers. But it is the success on the Vikings baseball and professional baseball pitching mound for which Henneman is better known. As a right handed pitcher, Mike was an MCCAC All Conference and NJCAA All American in the 1981-82 season. His performance that year helped lead the 34-17 Vikings to their first ever NJCAA Region XVI baseball title. While at Jefferson, Henneman caught the eye of recruiters from Oklahoma St. University and subsequently accepted a baseball scholarship to attend OSU. Pitching success continued at OSU as he was selected as an NCAA All American after leading his OSU team to the College World Series two years in a row. In 1984 Henneman became a professional baseball player in the Detroit Tigers organization when they selected him in the fourth round of the MLB draft. After three seasons of minor league baseball, he was called up to the big league team in May of 1987. As a sinker, forkball and hard slider pitcher, Henneman earned The Sporting News 1987 American League Rookie Pitcher of the Year when he went 11-3 with 7 saves, and a 2.98 ERA. His 10 successful years as a “closer” with the Tigers, Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros allowed him to retire from baseball as 37th on the all time MLB career saves list (193 saves). He also was 57-42 during that time and held a 3.21 career ERA. Henneman is second on the Detroit Tigers all time saves list. He currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is co-owner and team president of the McKinney Marshalls amateur baseball organization.
Nicole Lindsey-Collier, Basketball
Nicole Lindsey-Collier is recognized as a dominant power forward, who was able to score from outside and inside, on the catch and on the dribble. She was an aggressive rebounder that ran the floor with ease, which made her an extremely difficult match-up for opponents. According to her Jefferson College coach, Ron Rhodes, “her intensity was second to none, and she just refused to lose.” Nicole was the backbone of the women’s basketball teams that won back to back NJCAA Region XVI titles in 1999-00 and 2000-01 and participated in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament on teams that finished eighth in 2000 and third in 2001. She was a two-time MCCAC All Conference selection, a two-time All Region XVI selection, and amazingly a two-time NJCAA and WBCA All American. Nicole is second in career scoring in Jefferson basketball history and once scored 44 points in one game. Upon leaving Jefferson College, she transferred to Missouri Western College where she was a two-time selection as an All MIAA performer and a two-time NCAA All-American. Since graduating, she has been coaching women’s collegiate basketball and is currently the assistant women’s basketball coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Kevin Lucas, Baseball
After a dominate career at Festus High School that saw him earn All-State honors his junior and senior years, Kevin Lucas began his career at Jefferson in the fall of 1995. The former two-time KTJJ Radio High School Player of the Year (1994 and 1995) immediately became a dominant player at shortstop for the Vikings. In his first year at Jefferson, he hit .360 with six homeruns and 22 stolen bases. He was named the 1996 Jefferson College Baseball Offensive Most Valuable Player and was an All-Region XVI first team selection. Kevin would follow that effort with another successful campaign in his second year, hitting .399 with four homeruns and 28 stolen bases en route to being named to the All-Conference, All-Region, and NJCAA All-American teams. He was also named the 1997 Jefferson College Baseball Most Valuable Player. Following his two year stint at Jefferson College, he attended Oklahoma State University where success continued as he was a two-time all Big 12 selection and led his team to the NCAA Division I College World Series in 1999. Following a remarkable career at OSU, where he compiled 171 hits, 14 homeruns, and 42 stolen bases, Kevin was granted the opportunity to play Minor League Baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization. He is currently a teacher and assistant baseball and softball coach at Hillsboro High School.
Tim Marting, Baseball
Tim has the distinction of being the first Viking baseball player to compete at a professional level. After transferring from the University of Missouri, he attended Jefferson College in 1966 and was recruited to play basketball for one of the earliest Jefferson College men’s basketball teams. Baseball was organized at Jefferson the same year he arrived, as the team played a five game schedule at various fields throughout Jefferson County. Tim led the basketball team in scoring and also led the baseball team in batting average in 1966. It was during one of these five baseball games that Tim was seen by a professional baseball scout and thus drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers as their #1 draft choice in January of 1966. Tim played six years in professional baseball after graduating from Jefferson College and was eventually traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, but decided not to play and instead started a career as an insurance agent with State Farm. Today, he lives near Atlanta, where he and his wife of 41 years have been instrumental in building and starting the Legacy Christian Church.
Harold Oetting, Athletic Director
Harold Oetting is widely recognized as the founding father of Jefferson College athletics. His career as a Viking began in 1966 as an assistant basketball coach and physical education faculty member. In 1967 he also took on the duties of baseball coach, with a budget of only $300 and no baseball field, which required the team to travel to local high schools for their games. Harold’s effort was quickly rewarded in 1968 when Jefferson College offered its first baseball scholarship. After coaching for three years, he was named Jefferson College’s first athletics director and is credited with starting men’s tennis and women’s basketball and volleyball as well as assisting with the charter for the establishment of the Midwest Community College Athletics Conference. Harold presided over the MCCAC for 22 years as its president and today’s Viking teams continue their membership in the athletics conference that he helped create. He also provided national leadership for Jefferson College and the NJCAA during his tenure as athletics director and served as NJCAA Men’s Region XVI Director for 16 years. During his time as Region Director, Harold also served as the NJCAA National Baseball Chairman and was responsible for coordination of the NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Additionally, he served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors, was a Festus city councilman, a Festus High School Board of Education member for 20 years, and Mayor of Festus for four years. He and his wife Trish live in Festus and are proud of their children Tim, Todd, and Teri Jo, and their five grandchildren.
Dave Oster, Baseball Coach
Dave Oster has been an integral part of Viking baseball for over 30 years. Dave was a standout middle infielder on the 1968 and 1969 Viking teams and has the distinction of being the first scholarship baseball player for Jefferson College. After graduating from Jefferson, he attended New Mexico Highland University where he was a pre-season All-American his senior year. In 1980, he was named the sixth head baseball coach at Jefferson and he quickly molded the Vikings into one of the more prominent programs in the nation. Oster’s teams won 12 conference titles, three NJCAA Regional titles, and, in 2002, participated in the NJCAA World Series. One of his strengths was recognizing and developing talent: 41 of his recruits signed professional baseball contracts after playing at Jefferson, with five players, Mike Henneman-(Detroit Tiger, Houston Astros, Texas Ranger), Donnie Wall-(San Diego Padres), Cliff Politte-(St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox), Mark Buehrle-(Chicago White Sox) and Steve Bieser-(New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals) making it to the Major Leagues. He retired in 2006 as Jefferson College’s most successful baseball coach, with 936 team victories. He has also been inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Cliff Politte, Baseball
St. Louis native and Vianney High School graduate, Cliff Politte, began his career at Jefferson in the fall of 1994 after spending a year on the Memphis State University baseball team. He excelled as both a pitcher and centerfielder for the Vikings and his stellar 1995 season earned him NJCAA First Team All-American honors. The highlight of the Cliff’s season came in a double header against St. Louis Community College-Meramec when he struck out 11 batters en route to pitching his first career no-hitter in the first game of the rivalry. He also went three for three, at the plate, with three RBI’s. In the second game, he again went three for three while driving in three, and also pitched late to pick up the save as the Vikings earned a double header sweep. Following the 1995 Jefferson season, he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. After posting a record of 15-2 with a 2.50 ERA, with the Cardinals A and AA affiliates, Politte was named the 1997 Cardinals’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He would later make his debut in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and would go on to have a successful pitching career as he also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and Chicago White Sox. While with the White Sox, Cliff pitched in three games of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series and helped the White Sox win the World Series championship in a four game sweep over the Houston Astros. His professional baseball career ended in 2009, after undergoing total hip replacement surgery. Currently, he offers private pitching lessons and is a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Vianney High School. Cliff resides in St. Louis with his wife, Jenni, and three sons.
Ron Rhodes, Basketball Coach
Ron Rhodes is credited with putting Jefferson College women’s basketball on the NJCAA national map. Benchmarks of Coach Rhodes Jefferson College coaching career include a 201-49 record as head coach of women’s basketball, two NJCAA National Women’s Basketball Tournament appearances, three 30 win seasons, multiple MCCAC conference titles, and development of many MCCAC All Conference, All Region XVI and NJCAA All American players. In addition to his Jefferson College success, he coached high school girls basketball state champions three times while at Cleveland High School and DeSoto High School and coached Moberly Jr. College to a third place NJCAA National Tournament finish. A 1973 graduate of Herculaneum High School, Ron continues to live in the area upon his recent retirement from coaching at DeSoto High School as he and his wife, Brenda, spend time with their son, daughter and grandchildren.
Kristy Snell-Lee, Basketball
Kristy was the first women’s basketball NJCAA All American from Jefferson College. After her standout high school basketball career at Northwest High School, she was recruited to play for the Vikings and was named to the 1989 All Conference and All-Region XVI basketball teams as a freshman. In her sophomore season, she again was named to the All Conference Team and was also selected as 1990 NJCAA Region XVI Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American. After her sophomore season, she attended Murray State University and was named to the All Defensive Team. Kristy currently teaches physical education at Northwest High School and has coached basketball, golf and softball. She continues to enjoy sporting activity with her husband Jason and sons Hunter and Colton.
Pavlina Steffkova, Volleyball
Pavlina was recruited to Jefferson College in 1994 after playing volleyball as a foreign exchange student at Puxico High School. Prior to her senior year, she was a standout setter in her home town, Brno, of the Czech Republic. As a setter, she was named to the MCCAC All Conference Team and the NJCAA All Region XVI after her freshman season. Following her sophomore season, she was again named to the MCCAC All Conference and All Region XVI teams and was also named Region XVI Player of the Year and subsequently named as an NJCAA All-American in 1995 after leading the Viking team to a fifth place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. That same year, Pavilina was named as an NJCAA Academic All-American. Each of these honors earned Pavlina an induction into the 2007 NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame. “Pavlina was one of the most skilled setters I have observed at any level,” said former Jefferson College Coach Jo Ellen Stringer. “Her ability to scan her opponent’s court and know exactly where her hitters were was just a portion of the abilities that made her outstanding. Pavlina helped to make the players she played with, and the coaches she played for and worked with, better.” As a player, she continued her collegiate volleyball career at the University of Texas-Austin where she continued to develop as an outstanding NCAA Division I setter. Upon completing collegiate volleyball eligibility Pavlina began coaching as a student assistant at the University of Texas and has been coaching collegiate level volleyball ever since. Coaching stops for Pavlina have included the University of Tennessee-Martin, the University of Arkansas, Birmingham Southern, The University of Alabama and Coastal Carolina. Currently she is pursuing a second masters degree at the University of Montevallo and upon completion will seek a position as a high school volleyball coach and mathematics teacher.
Dr. Wayne Watts, President
Former Jefferson College President Dr. Wayne Watts was an instrumental architect in the success enjoyed by all Viking Athletics teams through his retirement in 2009. His vision played a significant role in building campus housing for not only Viking athletes but all Jefferson College students. Dr. Watts also fostered a winning attitude on campus that allowed athletics to secure a national championship in men’s soccer, back to back runner up finishes in the NJCAA National Tournament for women’s basketball and multiple MCCAC conference championships in volleyball, softball, baseball, women’s basketball, and men’s soccer. Before becoming Jefferson’s president, Wayne served as Vice President of Finance and Administration. It was in the early years of his academic career that he recognized the value of competition and a community college education, as he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland after completing military service in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Later, he would earn degrees from the University of Baltimore and a Ph. D. from American University. In his retirement, Wayne enjoys spending time with his four sons and six grandchildren while residing in Florida.